Directed by Paul King, staring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Waters, Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw. Paddington, a Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home.
Paddington is directed at a very particular audience, either those who grew up with the bear or those who wish to instil his character on their children. I have never been a huge fan of the bear only because it never overly interested me which is why some aspects of this film which I can see the value for do not evoke as many emotions as it would for a fan.
They very cleverly integrated and explain why Paddington would come to London in the first place but the overall linear of the plot is clearly aimed towards a younger audience, though the start gives way to some very dark material the rest of the narrative is quite predictable and quite rightly so. This is not a blemish on the film as stated previously the audience for this film would not care about such matters.
What intrigued me most about this, would be the CGI which was particularly good, from the movement of Paddington to his interactions with humans, there was no one moment where you saw clear use of CGI and could quite believe he was real within this world.
The cast features many great and well known British names but they are all incredibly entertaining particularly Julia Waters as the older housekeeper. But it is more Ben Whishaw who manages to embody Paddington with his voice and the CGI clearly spent on Paddington’s facial expressions, meaning we witness a playful and more humanised version of an animal but still remaining utterly cute and charming.
OVERALL **** Really well thought out and put together film even when I am not the target audience I still very much enjoyed this adaptation.
RECOMMENDATION – a clear winner if you are a fan of the bear and great fun for the children.